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Old 04-20-2019, 09:40 AM   #81
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I think as we are rethinking this community and how it is structured we should also think of how we want to treat each other.
I actually took a few moments to research the dust-up you had last year, and it's a good example of what I've become increasingly mindful of during the past couple of years. I say this being conscious of my own transgressions here and elsewhere.

At the end of the day, it's not the best form to type something in an online forum that would get you punched in the face if you said it to someone on a street corner.

Also up for consideration is that the lack of new membership may have had a chilling effect to our level of discourse. New ideas are mind-broadening if we open ourselves to them. The challenge of conflicting ideas expressed with facts, principles, and good intentions demands that we reflect upon our positions as we seek to defend them. It's deeply human to react viscerally; it's deeply humane to respond reasonably. I love good fight, but no one needs to go home with a bloody nose.

In my travels, I've had the good fortune to interact with a few writers, documentary filmmakers, academics, activists, and public officials. Even if we were able to add new members today, I'm not sure all of them would feel welcome here. I only ask that we think a bit about fixing that for everyone's benefit.
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Old 04-21-2019, 12:57 PM   #82
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Re: New Forum Discussion

I agree that the current situation is untenable. My suggestion would be not to get too hung up in details like trying to archive the site via screen-scraping, etc; without the keys to the database any attempt to do that is going to be less than what you really want, and we shouldn't view archiving the current as a blocker to getting a new site up and running. The code-of-conduct discussion, on the other hand, is vital.

For the software, forum tools are a commodity. I would suggest that we don't truly need anything beyond what we currently have, so then treat everything else as nice-to-haves and rank them accordingly.

For me, all I really want is for Portland to have its own subforum .
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Old 04-21-2019, 04:38 PM   #83
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Personally, Iím partial to shock therapy: just pull the bandaid and get it done. If we need to reference threads on this forum for quite awhile, so be it.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:05 AM   #84
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I agree that the current situation is untenable. My suggestion would be not to get too hung up in details like trying to archive the site via screen-scraping, etc; without the keys to the database any attempt to do that is going to be less than what you really want, and we shouldn't view archiving the current as a blocker to getting a new site up and running. The code-of-conduct discussion, on the other hand, is vital.

For the software, forum tools are a commodity. I would suggest that we don't truly need anything beyond what we currently have, so then treat everything else as nice-to-haves and rank them accordingly.

For me, all I really want is for Portland to have its own subforum .
Yah, Portland is the most active part of this site outside of Boston.
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Old 04-23-2019, 11:15 AM   #85
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bosdevelopment should be disinvited from the new forum for sure.
Fine with me, just please don't confuse us!!! I have been here for a LONG time. :-)
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